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Location of Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund: Santa Barbara, CA 

Year established: 2012 

Number of staff/volunteers: “There are no staff,” say Davy Jones’ daughters. “The owners and employees of the ranch where the herd is boarded help care for the horses, but they are not on staff. We provide hands-on oversight and care for the herd, and administration and marketing/communications are handled by ourselves and a few volunteers.” 

Types of animals they work with: “Right now, the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund herd consists of 14 thoroughbreds, primarily racehorses rescued from abuse or retired with an uncertain future, and many with special needs.”

Fundraising targets: “The objective is to keep the herd healthy, safe and together with the help of our supporters. It costs thousands of dollars each month just to meet the most basic needs of the herd, without factoring in many of the “one-off” supplies and services that are needed from time to time.”

Favorite rescue story: “Part of our mission at the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund is to use able herd members to work with underprivileged and disabled communities. Recently, we hosted a visit from a gentleman who suffers from advanced dementia. He came to the ranch with his primary caregivers, his daughter and granddaughter. He was a bit hesitant at first, but absolutely lit up when he saw the horses, and was soon smiling, brushing them, and giving them water. The horses were so patient and gentle with him — we were very proud of them! The gentleman’s daughter and granddaughter said it was the first time in a very long while that he had shown such enthusiasm for something.”

What do you enjoy most about what you do? “The love we get from the herd is just amazing — they have all come so far in such a short time, and it’s really gratifying to see them all becoming better, healthier, happier horses every day. We also really love the community outreach we have been able to do thus far, and are planning to expand in 2014. And last but not least, being able to connect with Dad’s fans in conjunction with something he was so passionate about — it really makes us proud.”

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